My dentures look like wooden teeth

I got some dentures and I’m very dissappointed with them.  To me they look as bad as if I had wooden teeth. They’re way too dark.  My dentist insists that’s what makes them look natural, but my natural teeth weren’t this dark.  Is there a way I can whiten them?

Sandra W. – Cabot, AR

Sandra,

I’m sorry for the experience your having. I’m even more sorry to tell you there is no way to whiten dentures, or any other type of dental fixture for that matter.  How they look depends completely on the skill of the dentist you employ. It sounds like you have a decent family dentist who is trying to do cosmetic type of work.

To make dentures look beautiful takes a significant amount of cosmetic training. I can easily assume your dentist doesn’t have that training based on more than just your unhappiness with the result.  In dental school we’re taught that the dentist knows best, which is why your dentist argued with you about how they look. However, those with significant cosmetic training know that it is the patient who is the judge of how beautiful the result is.

Unfortunately, the only way to make these look any better than they do is by having them re-done by a more artistic dentist.

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Don’t want veneers on bottom teeth

What do I do if I don’t want veneers on my bottom teeth, but I am getting them on top? My dentist says they don’t match, which I realize, but noboday sees wehn I smile on the bottom.

Brandon K. – Maryland

Brandon,

There is a beautiful solution. You don’t have to go through the expense of getting a set of porcelain veneers on your bottom teeth. My recommendation is to get the completed on your upper arch and then you can use teeth whitening to get the bottom arch to match them.

This will make it look like you have a matching set of arches without having to go through the expense.

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